Gretel and the Dark

A Novel
CD - unabridged
Audio (9 discs)
Product Number: DD12722
Released: Oct 16, 2014
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ISBN: #9781483024547
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A captivating and atmospheric historical novel about a young girl in Nazi Germany, a psychoanalyst in fin-de-siecle Vienna, and the powerful mystery that links them together Gretel and the Dark explores good and evil, hope and despair, showing how the primal thrills and horrors of the stories we learn as children can illuminate the darkest moments in history, in two rich, intertwining narratives that come together to form one exhilarating, page-turning read. In 1899 Vienna, celebrated psychoanalyst Josef Breuer is about to encounter his strangest case yet: a mysterious, beautiful woman who claims to have no name, no feelings-to be, in fact, a machine. Intrigued, he tries to fathom the roots of her disturbance. Years later, in Nazi-controlled Germany, Krysta plays alone while her papa works in the menacingly strange infirmary next door. Young, innocent, and fiercely stubborn, she retreats into a world of fairy tales, unable to see the danger closing in around her. When everything changes and the real world becomes as frightening as any of her stories, Krysta finds that her imagination holds powers beyond what she could ever have guessed. Rich, compelling, and propulsively building to a dizzying final twist, Gretel and the Dark is a testament to the lifesaving power of the imagination and a mesmerizingly original story of redemption.

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Author(s): Eliza Granville
Product Number Z100084271
Released: Oct 16, 2014
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781483024493
Author(s): Eliza Granville
Product Number EB00389266
Released: Oct 16, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Riverhead Books
ISBN: #9780698145085

Professional reviews

"This book weaves two stories: one set in Vienna in 1899, narrated by Stefan Rudnicki; the second set in Germany in the early 1940s, narrated by Cassandra Campbell. Having two narrators helps the listener follow two plots that become entwined as the story progresses. Rudnicki deftly portrays a staid psychoanalyst with a somewhat pedantic and detached attitude who encounters a puzzling patient in Vienna. Campbell portrays a na-ve, young woman in Germany years later who lives in her imagination, which is full of dark fairy tales. CampbellOs steady narration intensifies the contrasts between appearance and reality, hope and despair as she creates an understated and haunting atmosphere. J.E.M. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"

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